#GoingToBat Spotlight: George Springer speaks up for children who stutter

George Springer, outfielder for the Houston Astros, gave participants at his second annual bowling tournament plenty to talk about by raising awareness and money for children who stutter.

Springer, who has struggled with stuttering since he was a child, joined the Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY) as a spokesperson.

"Some people have blue eyes, some have blonde hair and some people stutter," Springer said on SAY.org. "I've never let it hold me back, and with SAY, I want to help kids who stutter build the confidence they need to pursue their dreams."

Since joining, Springer has held events and speaking engagements to share his story and inspire children who stutter.

The second annual George Springer All-Star Bowling Benefit was held June 2 at Lucky Strike bowling alley in Houston. Proceeds from the event support Camp SAY, a summer camp for children who stutter.

Camp SAY is for children and teens ages 8-18 and welcomes their family members and friends who want to share the camp experience together. Camp SAY is built around a traditional summer camp experience and provides specially designed activities to meet each child's individual goals and needs.

Some of Springer's teammates and members of the Astros staff also attended the benefit. Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Jake Marisnick, Scott Feldman, Tony Kemp, Mike Fiers and Lance McCullers were present to support Springer's efforts.

Springer enthusiastically addressed the crowd at the bowling alley. His message encouraged children at the event, assuring them that they are not the only ones who struggle with stuttering.

The Houston Astros star lets his on-field performance speak for itself, but off the field, he's speaking up for everyone else. 

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Major Leaguers are #GoingToBat for causes near and dear to them, as they personify the Players Trust's motto to "care, act and inspire." To learn more about the charitable interests and activities of George Springer and other Major Leaguers, please visit the Players Trust's website.